Tag Archives: drought

California grid expected to maintain reliability despite drought

July 6, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on North American Electric Reliability Corporation According to the of 38% for the region. California’s hydroelectric generation varies seasonally. From January 2014 to April 2015, hydroelectricity accounted for 6% to 14% of the , averaging near 9%. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Since early 2014, much […]

California’s continued drought, reduced snowpack mean lower hydropower output

April 9, 2015 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Updated at 9:20 a.m. to include the most recent drought information from California, released this morning. Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. While the executive order doesn’t directly address hydropower generation and instead focuses […]

California drought leads to less hydropower, increased natural gas generation

October 6, 2014 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture The drought in California continues to increase in severity since California’s governor declared a state of drought emergency in January 2014. As of September 30, 58% of the state was classified as experiencing exceptional drought, the most intense drought category. These dry conditions limit hydropower generation, requiring […]

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